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See detailRealization of the Najafi-Golestanian microswimmer
Hubert, Maxime ULg; Grosjean, Galien ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume et al

Conference (2017, March 14)

The development of artificial microswimmers, microscopic robots that swim in a fluid like sperm cells and motile bacteria, could cause a leap forward in various fields such as microfluidics, microsystems ... [more ▼]

The development of artificial microswimmers, microscopic robots that swim in a fluid like sperm cells and motile bacteria, could cause a leap forward in various fields such as microfluidics, microsystems, or minimally invasive medicine. Nature provides plenty of examples of efficient microswimmers. However, a bottom-up approach, looking at the simplest ingredients needed to generate a microswimmer, can lead to a deeper under- standing of the swimming problem. First described by Najafi and Golestanian 1 , a paradigmatic microswimmer is the three-linked-spheres model, which follows a minimalist approach for propulsion by shape shifting. In this presentation, we describe the experimental realisation of this microswimmer using self-assembled ferromagnetic particle at an air-water interface, powered by an uniform oscillating magnetic field 2 . A model, using two har- monic oscillators, reproduces the experimental findings. Because the model remains general, the same approach could be used to design a variety of efficient microswimmers. [less ▲]

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See detailRibbons of superparamagnetic colloids in magnetic field
Darras, Alexis ULg; Fiscina, Jorge; Pakpour, Maryam et al

Conference (2017, March)

While the aggregation process of superparamagnetic colloids in strong magnetic eld is well known on short time since a few decades, recent theoretical works predicted an equilibrium state reached after a ... [more ▼]

While the aggregation process of superparamagnetic colloids in strong magnetic eld is well known on short time since a few decades, recent theoretical works predicted an equilibrium state reached after a long time. In this talk, we present experimental observations of this equilibrium state with a twodimensional system and we compare our data with the predictions of a pre-existing model. Above a critical aggregation size, a deviation between the model and the experimental data is observed. This deviation is explained by the formation of ribbon-shaped aggregates. The ribbons are formed due to lateral aggregation of chains. An estimation of the magnetic energy for chains and ribbons shows that ribbons are stable structures when the number of magnetic grains is higher than N=30. [less ▲]

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See detailCluster growth in driven granular gases
Noirhomme, Martial ULg; Ludewig, François; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2017)

We investigate numerically and theoretically the internal structures of a driven granular gas in cuboidal cell geometries. Clustering is reported and particles are classified as gaseous or clustered via a ... [more ▼]

We investigate numerically and theoretically the internal structures of a driven granular gas in cuboidal cell geometries. Clustering is reported and particles are classified as gaseous or clustered via a local packing fraction criterion based on a Voronoi tessellation. We observe that small clusters arise in the corners of the box, elucidating early reports of partial clustering. These aggregates have a condensation-like surface growth. When a critical size is reached, a structural transition occurs and all clusters merge together, leaving a hole in the center of the cell. This hole then becomes the new center of particle capture. Taking into account all structural modifications and defining a saturation packing fraction, we propose an empirical model for the cluster growth. [less ▲]

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See detailSegregation and pattern formation in dilute granular media under microgravity conditions
Opsomer, Eric ULg; Noirhomme, Martial ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in NPJ Microgravity (2017), 3

Space exploration and exploitation face a major challenge: the handling of granular materials in low-gravity environments. Indeed, grains behave quite differently in space than on Earth, and the ... [more ▼]

Space exploration and exploitation face a major challenge: the handling of granular materials in low-gravity environments. Indeed, grains behave quite differently in space than on Earth, and the dissipative nature of the collisions between solid particles leads to clustering. Within poly-disperse materials, the question of segregation is highly relevant but has not been addressed so far in microgravity. From parabolic flight experiments on dilute binary granular media, we show that clustering can trigger a segregation mechanism, and we observe, for the first time, the formation of layered structures in the bulk. [less ▲]

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See detailRibbons of superparamagnetic colloids
Darras, Alexis ULg; Fiscina, Jorge; Pakpour, Maryam et al

Poster (2016, October 12)

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See detailWalking droplets in confined geometries
Filoux, Boris ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Schlagheck, Peter ULg et al

Poster (2016, October 12)

When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, under specific conditions, coalescence may be avoided. The drop bounces permanently. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the drop ... [more ▼]

When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, under specific conditions, coalescence may be avoided. The drop bounces permanently. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the drop interacts with the wave it generates, and becomes a walker [1,2]. Recently, some 2D confining systems for walking droplets have been developed: cylindrical cavity, harmonic potential or the use of Coriolis force [3,4]. In addition, the interactions between two identical walkers have been studied in a 2D case [5]. Nevertheless, no study focuses on 1D dynamics and their properties. In this work, we show it is possible to confine a walker in a quasi mono-dimensional geometry by using a submerged annular cavity. We focus on the interactions between droplets, and show the interdistance quantization. Then, we study the speed of pairs of walkers and show that the distance between the drops affects the group speed: the closer the drops are, the faster they move. We also propose a numerical model to characterize the distance quantization, and the evolution of the speed of a string of droplets. Finally, we investigate the case of a string of droplets. We discuss the influence of the number of droplets and the distance between droplets on the string speed. 1. Y. Couder, S. Protière, E. Fort, and A. Boudaoud, Nature 437, 208 (2005).
 2. S. Protière, A. Boudaoud, and Y. Couder, J. Fluid Mech. 554, 85 (2006).
 3. S. Perrard, M. Labousse, M. Miskin, E. Fort, and Y. Couder, Nat. Commun. 5, 3219 (2014).
 4. M. Labousse and S. Perrard, Phys. Rev. E 90, 022913 (2014).
 5. C. Borghesi, J. Moukhtar, M. Labousse, A. Eddi, E. Fort, and Y. Couder, Phys. Rev. E 90, 063017 (2014). [less ▲]

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See detailNovel structures for optimal space partitions
Opsomer, Eric ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg

in New Journal of Physics (2016)

Partitioning space into polyhedra with a minimum total surface area is a fundamental question in science and mathematics. In 1887, Lord Kelvin conjectured that the optimal partition of space is obtained ... [more ▼]

Partitioning space into polyhedra with a minimum total surface area is a fundamental question in science and mathematics. In 1887, Lord Kelvin conjectured that the optimal partition of space is obtained with a 14-faced space-filling polyhedron, called tetrakaidecahedron. Kelvin’s conjecture resisted a century until Weaire and Phelan proposed in 1994 a new structure, made of eight polyhedra, obtained from numerical simulations. Herein, we propose a stochastic method for finding efficient polyhedral structures, maximizing the mean isoperimeter Q, instead of minimizing total area. We show that novel optimal structures emerge with non-equal cell volumes and uncurved facets. A partition made of 24 polyhedra, is found to surpass the previous known structures. Our work suggests that other structures with high isoperimeter values are still to be discovered in the pursuit of optimal space partitions. [less ▲]

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See detailRealization of the Najafi-Golestanian microswimmer
Grosjean, Galien ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2016), 94(2), 021101

A paradigmatic microswimmer is the three-linked-spheres model, which follows a minimalist approach for propulsion by shape shifting. As such, it has been the subject of numerous analytical and numerical ... [more ▼]

A paradigmatic microswimmer is the three-linked-spheres model, which follows a minimalist approach for propulsion by shape shifting. As such, it has been the subject of numerous analytical and numerical studies. In this Rapid Communication, an experimental three-linked-spheres swimmer is created by self-assembling ferromagnetic particles at an air-water interface. It is powered by a uniform oscillating magnetic field. A model, using two harmonic oscillators, reproduces the experimental findings. Because the model remains general, the same approach could be used to design a variety of efficient microswimmers. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-assembly of capillary multipoles
Poty, Martin ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume; Lumay, Geoffroy ULg et al

Conference (2016, July 21)

Self-assembly of floating particles driven by capillary forces at some liquid-air interface leads to the formation of two-dimensionnal structures. Using a 3d printer, millimeter scale objets are produced ... [more ▼]

Self-assembly of floating particles driven by capillary forces at some liquid-air interface leads to the formation of two-dimensionnal structures. Using a 3d printer, millimeter scale objets are produced. Their 3d shape is chosen in order to create capillary multipoles. The capillary interactions between these components can be either attractive or repulsive depending on the interface local deformations along the liquid-air interface. In order to understand how the shape of an object deforms the interface, we developed an original profilometry method. The measurements show that specific structures can be programmed by selecting the 3d branched shapes. [less ▲]

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See detailDroplet manipulation on fiber networks
Weyer, Floriane ULg; Pan, Zhao; Truscott, Tadd et al

Poster (2016, July)

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See detailMagnetocapillary self-assemblies: Swimming and micromanipulation
Grosjean, Galien ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume et al

Poster (2016, July)

Floating magnetic particles can self-assemble into structures, by a combination of a magnetic dipole-dipole interaction and an attraction due to the interfacial deformation. These structures are ... [more ▼]

Floating magnetic particles can self-assemble into structures, by a combination of a magnetic dipole-dipole interaction and an attraction due to the interfacial deformation. These structures are periodically deformed in a non reciprocal way using magnetic fields, which leads to controllable low Reynolds number locomotion. Such microswimmers provide a basis for micromanipulation applications such as transport of micro-objects, local mixing of fluids or surface cleaning. [less ▲]

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See detailWaveguides for walking droplets
Filoux, Boris ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Schlagheck, Peter ULg et al

E-print/Working paper (2016)

When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, a drop can bounce without coalescing. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the droplet is propelled by the wave it generates and becomes ... [more ▼]

When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, a drop can bounce without coalescing. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the droplet is propelled by the wave it generates and becomes a walker with a well defined speed. We investigate the confinement of a walker in different rectangular cavities, used as waveguides for the Faraday waves emitted by successive droplet bounces. By studying the walker velocities, we discover that 1d confinement is optimal for narrow channels of width of D≃1.5λF. We also propose an analogy with waveguide models based on the observation of the Faraday instability within the channels. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the coarsening dynamics of a granular lattice gas
Opsomer, Eric ULg; Noirhomme, Martial ULg; Ludewig, François et al

in European Physical Journal E -- Soft Matter (2016)

We investigated experimentally and theoretically the dynamics of a driven granular gas on a square lattice and discovered two characteristic regimes: Initially, given the dissipative nature of the ... [more ▼]

We investigated experimentally and theoretically the dynamics of a driven granular gas on a square lattice and discovered two characteristic regimes: Initially, given the dissipative nature of the collisions, particles move erratically through the system and start to gather on selected sites called traps. Later on, the formation of those traps leads to a strong decrease of the grain mobility and slows down dramatically the dynamics of the entire system. We realize detailed measurements linking a trap’s stability to the global evolution of the system and propose a model reproducing the entire dynamics of the system. Our work emphasizes the complexity of coarsening dynamics of dilute granular systems. [less ▲]

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See detailStatics and dynamics of magnetocapillary bonds
Lagubeau, Guillaume; Grosjean, Galien ULg; Darras, Alexis ULg et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2016), 93

When ferromagnetic particles are suspended at an interface under magnetic fields, dipole-dipole interactions compete with capillary attraction. This combination of forces has recently given promising ... [more ▼]

When ferromagnetic particles are suspended at an interface under magnetic fields, dipole-dipole interactions compete with capillary attraction. This combination of forces has recently given promising results towards controllable self-assemblies as well as low-Reynolds-number swimming systems. The elementary unit of these assemblies is a pair of particles. Although equilibrium properties of this interaction are well described, the dynamics remain unclear. In this paper, the properties of magnetocapillary bonds are determined by probing them with magnetic perturbations. Two deformation modes are evidenced and discussed. These modes exhibit resonances whose frequencies can be detuned to generate nonreciprocal motion. A model is proposed that can become the basis for elaborate collective behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailScattering theory of walking droplets in the presence of obstacles
Dubertrand, Rémy ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Schlagheck, Peter ULg et al

in New Journal of Physics (2016), 18

We aim to describe a droplet bouncing on a vibrating bath using a simple and highly versatile model inspired from quantum mechanics. Close to the Faraday instability, a long-lived surface wave is created ... [more ▼]

We aim to describe a droplet bouncing on a vibrating bath using a simple and highly versatile model inspired from quantum mechanics. Close to the Faraday instability, a long-lived surface wave is created at each bounce, which serves as a pilot wave for the droplet. This leads to so called walking droplets or walkers. Since the seminal experiment by {\it Couder et al} [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 97}, 154101 (2006)] there have been many attempts to accurately reproduce the experimental results. We propose to describe the trajectories of a walker using a Green function approach. The Green function is related to the Helmholtz equation with Neumann boundary conditions on the obstacle(s) and outgoing boundary conditions at infinity. For a single-slit geometry our model is exactly solvable and reproduces some general features observed experimentally. It stands for a promising candidate to account for the presence of arbitrary boundaries in the walker's dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailFloating self-assembled microswimmers
Grosjean, Galien ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg et al

Conference (2016, January 28)

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See detailspontaneous rotation of an ice disk while melting on a solid plate
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; darbois-texier, baptiste

in Physics of Fluids (2016), 28

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See detailRotation of melting ice disks due to melt fluid flow
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; adami, nicolas; Dubois, Charles ULg et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2016)

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